The GO Foundation Story

Values: Integrity. Equality. Opportunity. Strength in culture.

The GO Foundation was founded by Sydney Swans Legends, Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin. As proud Aboriginal men, their names are synonymous with integrity, equality and opportunity.

Although Australia is a land of abundant wealth, many Indigenous Australians face a lack of opportunity and access. The GO Foundation provides scholarships to Indigenous students from kindergarten through to university, in public and independent schools, to students who live with family, in community and on Country. Through a GO scholarship, our students access the tools and resources they need to ensure their journey through school is as rich and rewarding as possible.

With their scholarship funds, our students can cover their educational needs, including lap tops, wi-fi access at home, sporting equipment, musical instruments, excursions and school trips, and food at the canteen. The GO scholarship is an entry point to the GO Ecosystem, a model of collaborative impact where our partners work with us to provide GO students with a broad range of opportunities.

Our partners, including CareerTrackers, work together to broaden our students’ perspectives and provide access to many opportunities including cultural mentoring, homework support, leadership training, STEM training, exposure to a broad range of career options, work experience and paid internships. Once a GO student, Always a GO student, so this mentoring and support continues long after the GO scholarship has ended.

At the heart of the GO Ecosystem is a burning desire to strengthen our students’ cultural identity – to connect them in a meaningful way to their history, culture and heritage. By sharing our students’ perspective and their culture with our Ecosystem partners, we hope to create workplaces that are truly inclusive and welcoming of all Australians. We do this so that we can all share in the oldest living culture in the world.